Tonight, my husband was playing with Joey and currently we are working on his strength, trying to get his to push harder on buttons and such. So after Joey kept making his mini piano toy play, Thomas told Joey, "you are so strong! Like Muhammad Ali!" And then he began the rant, "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" with which he would follow with pretend punches and punch sounds.
All of a sudden, Joey starts making little sounds like he's actually laughing. As fast as I could, I grabbed the video recorder and got the tail end of the scene...thankfully! It was so precious and cute! After he got tired of it a little and his laugh turned to smiles, we started back with his strength play and we actually got a few of his hard attempts at raising his arm and bringing it down hard (well not really hard, but hard for Joey).
It's amazing to see him smile and follow directions like "bang, bang, bang" because it's all so genuine, deep from his own heart. I know all baby laughs and smiles are genuine but 80% of a baby's development is visual so he's always behind a little. Since he can't see us, he has never seen a smile or copied a smile, they are all his very own. And he can only model from touch and being lead by other's hands. He's very brave. I am such a proud Mommy! His smiles light up my life!
To see the video, click at the top of the list of his videos...it's titled "Baby Joey Laughs".
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